movie: Skyfall

The name’s Bond, James Bond.  He doesn’t order his cocktail “shaken, not stirred” but instead we see it mixed and he says “Perfect”.  We meed a new Q, Moneypenny, even a new Mi6 HQ but the old things are still there – even a return for the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger.  Skyfall is an excellent Bond Movie!  But it is also an excellent movie that could easily stand on its own and well worth catching on the big screen!

(from here on there-be-spoilers) 

The story itself is a different track with what I thought was a focus on the characters – what made Bond ‘Bond’, and how M ticked, etc. I really liked the hints at a back story behind the relationship between M and Bond.  The hints at being an outdated dinosaur in a modern world where old-school spies weren’t needed was well handled in particular by bringing in a new young Q.

I really can’t think of a thing to fault this film.  There are some big plot holes and impossibilities  (e.g. during a fight on top of a train someone finds a short length of chain to fight with – surely that would have fallen off with the vibration of a train moving and wouldn’t just be sitting there, don’t JCBs need keys to operate, and so on…) but to some extent it is a ‘cartoon’ world so we forgive these things.

I couldn’t help falling into the trap of ticking of the Bond-isms that just have to be included to make it a bond movie – big opening sequence [tick], cinematic silhouetted title sequence with massive theme song [tick], Q-branch gadgets [tick-ish], manic bad guy and henchmen [tick], bond-girls [tick, tick, tick], M [tick], union jacks [tick], cars [TICK - The DB5 is back!!!], product placement [tick].

favourite quotes:

  • James Bond: A radio and a gun. Not exactly Christmas, is it?
    Q: You weren’t expecting an exploding pen, were you?

favourite part of the movie

  • really massive spoiler, don’t read until you’ve seen it:
    The most memorable thing from watching bond movies when I was young, probably because it was in more than one film is the scene that goes …  hat flung onto hat stand in M’s outer office… flirt with Miss Moneypenny, through padded leather door to M’s office, everything is wood paneled, ‘old-school and establishment.  The last scene in Skyfall re-created this set, as we discover who Moneypenny is and Bond officially meets the new M.  I totally loved that scene!

On top of everything Skyfall has to offer, there is even a poster simply designed to pose beside…

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